Mango 'Villa Senor'

(Click on title for more info) Nice medium flavor, meaty, low fibrosity, medium to large fruit - 5 to 6 inches long, usually less than a pound, about 12oz, no disease problems, beautiful fruit, yellow-peachy skin with occasional rouge/pink blush, and some innocuous darker specks, yellow-peachy colored flesh, good productivity.   It's a very worthwhile mango.  Plant was direct seeded in 1991, then I grafted it with Villasenor in about 2000, after first grafting-trying out T-1 mango(too acid, disease prone), and Thomson mango (fruit too small).  Photo taken October 2008.   

Young grafted mango plants, - the rootstock being young when grafted - , tend to grow rather slow.  So, unless you want a dwarf mango plant, get a very young vigorous growing mango seedling (which you can get at Exotica Rare Fruit Nursery in Vista, by selecting from their hundreds of mango seedlings, choosing a vigorous plant, compared to the rest, - mango seedling vigor is a mixed bag, case by case differences)(although the commonly available 'Manila' mango seedling plants in many nurseries is fair enough, whether as a rootstock, or potentially for fruit quality), plant that, watch it grow faster than any grafted mango plant, most likely, and then see how it fruits, and if the fruits aren't good enough, the tree can be grafted with a known high quality mango variety.   You can hire me to do the grafting.  

I've got the following varieties growing at family properties, which I can graft onto your mango tree or bush:

Kensington pride(has the most 'orange' colored flesh of these varieties, of which are more yellowish to peachy), California Pride, Pineapple, Tequila Sunrise, Antonio, Spirit of '76, Valencia Pride, Pickering, Edgehill, and Gold Coast.   I no longer have Villa Senor, because I sold the plant in 2009, due to property re-development.  All are high quality for fresh eating, each with their somewhat different characteristics from one another.   Of special note:   Florigon is especially easily fruitful even within a mile of the ocean, though I haven't seen it to maturity, but I've seen the fruit set and develop very readily on very young plants, which I didn't let keep the fruits, in order to encourage vegetative growth rather than fruiting growth.

A seedling mango of relatively high vigor, growing in fairly enough diggable permeable soil, and adequte watering about once every one to two weeks, with mulching, can grow three feet a year here in San Diego.  

Young grafted mango plants typically require inland heat to grow well.  Vigorous seedling mangos can grow well where it's cooler.

Also, depending on the variety, mango fruitfulness can be be vastly greater, depending on the variety, in inland climates, say, 3 to 18 miles inland, where it doesn't get 'too frosty' on colder nights,... but, Mangos can take some frost, and can tolerate more frost the older they get.  There's a mango tree thriving in the open in middle of the El Cajon basin, 15' diameter, and fruitful, though I haven't sampled the fruit yet.  It's in a front yard.


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